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    Practical obscurity and the right to be forgotten: “pretty much” privacy is enough

Practical obscurity and the right to be forgotten: “pretty much” privacy is enough

Rutgers University Law Professor Ellen Goodman looks at attempts to extend the right to be forgotten beyond Europe and argues that  a person’s ‘right to be forgotten’ should not be a right to completely erase information, but instead should be a right to ‘practical obscurity’.
In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized an individual interest in the “practical obscurity” of certain personal information. The […]

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    Three years on…and still waiting for data protection reform

Three years on…and still waiting for data protection reform

David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection for the ICO, looks at why EU data protection regulation proposals and discussions are taking so long and outlines what the UK is doing in the midst of reform.

As the candles were blown out on the third birthday of the European Commission’s proposal for a new data protection regulation for Europe, […]

February 9th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|0 Comments|
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    Data protection: rights of passengers using Automated Border Control

Data protection: rights of passengers using Automated Border Control

As news emerges that the European Commission’s counter-terror plan will require blanket collection and storage of personal data records of all passengers flying in and out of Europe, Diana Dimitrova from KU Leuven returns to discuss rights of passengers using Automated Border Control. The passenger rights discussed here have broader implications for all data subject to the Data Retention Directive. 

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January 28th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|1 Comment|
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    From personal computers to personal networks: are we ready for the DIY networking era?

From personal computers to personal networks: are we ready for the DIY networking era?

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher at the Communication Systems Group at ETH Zürich, argues that we should be prepared for an explosion of personal and community wireless networks.

Wireless technology, cheap off-the-shelf hardware and free and open source software make it easier and easier for people with less-technical inclinations to build their […]

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    “Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

“Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Argyro Karanasiou, Lecturer in IT & Media Law for the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University argues that policymakers must embrace decentralised Internet architectures as a way of breaking online informational monopolies.

Back in 1967, computer network pioneer Paul Baran described network communications as an unregulated public […]

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    The missing link: where do third parties stand in the “right to be forgotten”?

The missing link: where do third parties stand in the “right to be forgotten”?

On 26 November 2014 the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (29WP) published its guidelines for implementing the “right to be forgotten.” The thirteen guidelines, while not legally binding, are to be used by search engines and DPAs when evaluating petitions from individuals to de-link online content that appears when searching for their name. However, LSE MSc […]

Online freedoms: all relative?

Freedom House published its annual report Freedom on the Net 2014 today, which studies and evaluates the development of internet and digital media freedom in 65 countries around the world. LSE Alum Anri van der Spuy, who contributed to the report on the United Kingdom with the LSE Media Policy Project (but was not involved in the scoring process), […]

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    Implementing the “right to be forgotten”: the Article 29 Working Party speaks up

Implementing the “right to be forgotten”: the Article 29 Working Party speaks up

Following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Google Spain case, Google organised a series of public hearings to inform the public about its implementation of “the right to be forgotten” . Last week, the EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party issued its guidelines on how the ruling should be implemented. Here, […]

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    Alternative internet(s): Governance by internet infrastructure

Alternative internet(s): Governance by internet infrastructure

Francesca Musiani is a researcher with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), affiliated with the Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC). In this latest post in our series on alternative internet(s), she looks at the implications of governance by control of internet infrastructure.

Perhaps due to the snowball effect of the Snowden revelations, never in history have conflicts over […]

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    Alternative internet(s): the benefits and challenges of distributed services

Alternative internet(s): the benefits and challenges of distributed services

In our series on alternative internet(s), Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Institute for Communication Sciences and a visiting fellow at the LSE, looks at the benefits and challenges of distributed internet architectures, including difficulties in assigning responsibility, liability, and identity. Read the introduction to the series that explains more about alternative internet(s) here. 
Activists are relying on alternative applications […]